Thursday, February 16, 2017

Binding, Binding, and More Binding

These five quilts are ready to have the hand stitching done. I know it only looks like three, but there are two fairly small quilts - 52" x 64" that are folded up and tucked between two larger quilts - the scrappy Bundle Buster on the bottom and the Sunset Strip with the blue binding.

I haven't decided, but I might take one with me this weekend to work on Saturday night. Annie and I have two workshops (umbrellas on Saturday and Mondo Bag on Sunday) and since I like to bind, that might be just what I need to relax after a long day.  

I know that I won't bind Friday night. (We're going up a day early since we have to set up at 8:30 Saturday morning and I worry about running into delays since we're about 2 hours away.) We'll spend Friday night double checking (actually triple checking!) everything and try to get to sleep early. I don't know if that will work. We tried it last year and spent the night talking, laughing, and saying, "We really need to go to sleep!" 😄

I'll try to get pictures and post them Sunday evening.  

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I've been very busy, but I do have something new on the design wall.

I've sewn what seems like miles of binding and I'm getting ready to add that to five quilts. I also have some quilting to do on a number of tops, so I'll be a busy girl for quite a while. Plus, Annie and I have a workshop this coming weekend (Umbrellas and Mondo Bag) and although we spent quite a bit of time prepping for that this past weekend, I have a few more things to do.  

As a reward to myself for getting all the binding ready and most of the stuff for the workshops, I decided to make something fun- just because.  😃 

I've had this funky giraffe fabric for a long time and had even had some coordinating fabrics with it. I knew what pattern I wanted to use, so I figured this would be an quick project that would be perfect. 

This is Menagerie, a free quilt pattern from Shannon Fabrics. I'm still playing around with the block layout; and I have sashing and borders to add, but I like it so far. I wasn't too sure about the four blocks that come together on the right side, but it's growing on my.

If you decide to use this pattern, be sure to read all of the information before you begin. After I had cut everything, I realized that the sample was made with Minkee/Cuddle fabric. Because of that, the seam allowance is 1/2", not 1/4". That's not a big deal, except that I cut everything before I realized it. Again, not a big deal because I just cut everything down to make the adjustment, but I really should have read the entire pattern before starting. I usually do, but I guess I was too excited this time.

What are you working on today?

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I've got a couple of projects going right now. (imagine that!) Last week, I showed a quick picture of the batik quilt on which I'm working and that is ready to have the rows sewn together.

I played with the idea of adding a small black sashing between the blocks, but I didn't like how it looked. I will make this again, and when I do, I will add a small piece of black fabric between the block units. I sketched it out and am positive that I will like that much better. This isn't bad, but if I add the small black fabric, it will look like stained glass windows.

I have this quilt top all sewn together. (The picture is before it was pieced.) This is made from one layer cake and it's super easy to make. The baking is also pieced for this quilt and the binding has been chosen but not made yet.

As a matter of fact, I have the backing ready for three quilts. I realized that it one thing that tends to slow me down, so I decided to piece the backings so I have no excuse to wait for the quilting.

There is another small quilt on the design wall, but I just threw those pieces up there with no real sense. They are left over pieces from another quilt I made and I was going to use them when I pieced the backing. I decided against that and thought they would make a cute baby quilt. I'll show that in the next couple of days.

Speaking of quilting, my friend Judy quilted my Four Winds quilt and I picked it up from her yesterday. I turned out really nice and I'm working on the binding. I decided that the binding will be scrappy and will be made from what was left after cutting the fat quarters for the triangles.  I'll get a picture of the entire quilt after it's bound.

What are you working on today?

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Quilts in Progress - Catch Up Time

I had quite a busy week. I subbed a couple of day, helped with some sick grand kids, spent fun time with grand kids, and actually did some sewing.

Avery and Peyton were not feeling well, but snuggling up in their mermaid tails certainly helped. I know I'm prejudice, but I think they are so darn cute!

This picture makes me laugh out loud! When it was nap time, Peyton wanted to keep reading instead of lying down. This is the face she made. I had to tell her twice, and the second time I was ready with the camera.  hahaha   I can only imagine that is the kind of face I'd make if someone told me that I had to stop sewing and go to sleep. 😏  

Ronan was excited that I picked him up from school and that I was hanging out with him and his sisters. When he did the fist pump, he said, "Yes!" I'm sure I look like when someone asks me to go fabric shopping with them. 😂 

I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with this whole bunch, but I loved every minute that I was there.

I did say that I got some sewing done. I don't have pictures of everything, but I've been working on projects made from layer cakes and jolly bars. (I have a couple of trunk shows coming up and I wanted to update and replenish my quilts.)

These two small quilts actually have pieced borders now, but I didn't take pictures when they were still on the wall. They were made entirely from a single layer cake and they measure approximately 36" square.

On Monday, I posted that I was working on my Precious Gem quilt. All of the 5" x 10" rectangles are sewn, trimmed, and pressed. I've got this pile of 84 HSTs almost all pressed and trimmed too. I hope to get both projects pieced this weekend or early next week.

While I've been working,  Jack's been working on a few of his own projects. Here's the heliograph me made from scratch. He and a friend have been trying to make this work, but they need good sunlight for it to function properly. They are going to try this afternoon, even though it's going to be cold.

Maybe the decent weather will encourage me to take some quilt pictures outside. Or, maybe I'll just stay inside and sew.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I didn't get near as much sewing done as I had hoped this weekend, but that's ok.

I did finish the Four Winds quit top, and boy is it big. I say that I finished it, but I'm actually thinking about adding a small border of the background fabric around the entire quilt because I'm afraid that if I don't do that, I'll lose the points of the flying geese around the edges. I have enough fabric to do it, so that's not a problem. The problem is that I really want to be done with this and think about the quilting. 😊

I can't get a better picture right now because it's too big for the design wall and it's snowing outside. I think you get the idea, though.

While working on sewing the Four Winds, I was sewing another set of blocks. I cut a layer cake into four wonky segments and am randomly sewing the pieces back together. This is just 16 of the 42 blocks and I just threw them up on the wall to take a picture.

They have not been trimmed yet or rotated in any specific order. I'm kind of thinking about adding a small black sashing between the blocks to make them look like stained glass windows. I'll make that decision after I have all the blocks done.

I love the colors in this!

Since I always like to be working on multiple projects and use the leader and ender concept (Ok, in reality that just means I have ADHD and need to jump around between lots of projects. There! I've admitted it publicly.), I was working on a pattern called Precious Gem.

For this pattern, you cut a layer cake into 84 - 5" x 10" units. You then add a square to one corner of each of the units (It must always be added to the same corner.) and then trim off the corner. I thought it was wasteful to throw away the trimmed off corner, so I sewed a seam 1/2" away from the original seam line. By doing that, I will end up with 84 - 3 1/2" finished half square triangles. Do I know what I'll do with them? No, but how could I waste that?  😍  

Here are a few pictures of what I did. I'm using a layer cake from The Sweet Life by Pat Sloan and think this is going to be pretty cute.

What are you working on this fine Monday?

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I was busy this weekend and didn't get pictures of any of the quilts I recently blogged about. Of course it's raining, so it isn't going to happen right now either. Darn it!

I guess I'll just hang them on the design and get pictures that way....after I take down what's up there now!  :-)

I've just been throwing the giant flying geese blocks up (8" x 16") on the wall as I complete them. This is not the order they will be in the final quilt. That will be decided when I complete the other 24 blocks.

The pattern is called Four Winds and the designer is Amber Corcoran of Fancy Tiger Crafts. 

I love flying geese and Kaffe Fassett fabrics, so I've married the two and am making a quilt for our bed. I'm making the queen/king version and can't wait to see it complete.

These flying geese on steroids are made using the no-waste method and are constructed four at a time. It's quick, easy, and accurate! I've only spent a couple of hours on this (including my cutting) and the last 24 blocks are almost done. I just need to make the final cut, press, and trim off dog ears.

I think this will be a nice summer quilt for us!

What are you working on today?

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Don't Settle!

I finished a quilt top and hung it on the design wall yesterday, but something wasn't quite right with the borders. I decided to leave the quilt up on the wall overnight and look at it with fresh eyes in the morning. (Sorry, I can't show the top yet, but I used an Allison Glass layer cake of Sun Prints and I love it.)

When I woke up and looked at the quilt, I knew I just could not settle for the border the way it was. I had put plain cornerstones in and they just did not work! So, I spent some quality time with my seam ripper and took out all four cornerstones.

I really didn't mind doing this and it didn't take very long.

Here's the block I used to replace the plain cornerstone. So much better!

I'm hoping to quilt this up pretty quickly and I'll soon post completed pictures.

I'm working on a couple of other projects too and I'm close to having completed quilt tops for two more projects. WooHoo! I know that it doesn't seem like I got a lot done because I don't have pictures, but I really have been productive and I'm happy with the results.

I hope to get things quilted this weekend so I'll be able to work on binding early next week. I really enjoy the binding process, so I'm looking forward to that. I still have the two nine patch quilts from earlier this week to quilt too. Man, I sure am getting behind. I better get busy.  😀

I'm hooking up to